Mazambala Island Lodge
Zmbezi Region | Caprivi - Namibia
The privately-owned and operated Mazambala Island Lodge is situated on an island in the flood plain of the Kwando River. This is an ideal wildlife destination for boats trips and safaris. An added advantage is that it is only four kilometers south of the Trans Caprivi Highway. 'Mazambala' is known amongst locals as an 'Island of Abundance' as it's an area brimming with outstanding wildlife.
The communal area consists of a thatched lounge, bar and restaurant, set amongst palms and towering 'sausage trees' built on 2.5m high stilts that overlook the vast flood plains. The views are stunning and the photographic opportunities many. Guests can wine and dine here, whilst watching many species of antelope come to drink and graze.
A 12 meter high tower with two viewing platforms, offers sweeping views of the papyrus and reed lined river. This is the perfect spot to enjoy a majestic African sunset, and a refreshing sundowner, whilst wondering at the wide variety of animals coming to the river to drink. There is also a 15m long swimming pool, for guests to take a dip in, after a hard days game drive or boat cruise.
Accommodation in Mazambala is in either 14 double bungalows, (some can accommodate three people) or 1 family bungalow, (that can sleep 4). All of the bungalows have private bathrooms with hot and cold running water, and have been built in the traditional fashion, with bricks, reeds and thatched roofs. Each unit is equipped with mosquito nets and ceiling fans, and are regularly sprayed with an odourless insecticide, that acts as a deterrent against mosquitoes.
Game drives are a popular activity here. The Bwabwata National Park is noted for its huge herds of elephants, in fact the park has a great variety of animals, including 4 of the 'Big Five'. The drive begins with a short cruise down the river, before transferring to a 4x4 vehicle. The trip lasts for about 4 hours, and as elephants often block the road, it can take longer.
Many of their guests enjoy a 2hr leisurely float down the crystal clear waters of the Kwando River, with its labyrinth of papyrus and reed-lined channels. Almost guaranteed are sightings of hippos, lechwes, crocodiles, elephants, and if lady luck is on their side, the rare swamp antelope, Sitatunga.
A couple of hours ramble through the bush with one of the lodge's expert guides, is also a great favourite. Not only will they explain and inform of the traditional medicinal uses of the various trees and plants, but will also keep a look-out for the wide variety of birds and wildlife to be found on the way.
The bird-watching tours on the Mazambala and the Kwando flood plain are a real paradise for twitchers and birders alike. Even in the garden of Mazambala Island Lodge, more than 30 different species are regularly observed, and during a recent day trip, 91 various species were seen. These tours are tailor made to the wishes of the participants.
There will be many occasions and opportunities on the Kwando River to catch Tiger Fish, bream, nembwe, squeaker and barbel, to name but a few. Boat hire is available at the lodge, as well as fishing gear and fishing licenses.
And if that isn't enough, guests can relax and unwind around a blazing fire, whilst listening to the beat of distant drums, grunting hippos and a chorus of bell frogs!
The lodge generates its own 24hr, 220v electricity.
English, German, French and Afrikaans/Dutch are spoken at the lodge.
- Game Drives
- in the Bwabwata National Park which is noted for its huge herds of elephants - herds of several hundred elephants are not uncommon. The park has a great variety of animals including 4 of the "Big Five". Game drives start with a 10 - 15 minute cruise by boat down the river and then a transfer to a game drive vehicle for a game drive on land in the park. The game drive typically lasts about 4 hours although elephants frequently block the road which results in interesting delays
- Boat Cruises
- two hours along the clear water of the Kwando River and its labyrinth of papyrus and reed lined channels. There are frequent sightings of hippos and lechwes, and of course lots of other game including crocodiles, elephants, etc. In addition the rare swamp antelope, Sitatunga, is often seen. And, of course, many beautiful birds
- Guided Nature Walks
- A guide accompanies people for 1 - 2 hours on a walk through the bush explaining the traditional medicinal uses of the various, trees, plants as well as look for birds, antelopes, etc.
- Bird Watching Tours
- Mazambala and the Kwando flood plain are a real paradise for bird lovers. In the garden of Mazambala more than 30 different species are regularly observed. And, during a recent day trip 91 various species were seen. Bird watching tours are tailor made to the wishes of the participants.
- The Kwando offers excellent opportunities for catching the desirable Tiger game fish and other species such as Bream, Nembwe, Squeaker, Barbel, etc. Boat hire is available at the lodge as well as fishing gear and fishing licenses.
The Mazambala turn-off from the Trans Caprivi Highway is approximately 3 km east of the police checkpoint on the Kwando River or 4 km west of Kongola Service Station. The campsite is 2 km and the lodge is 4 km from the main road. Both are accessible by sedan car. In the event of flooding, lodge guests are fetched by boat from the campsite
A rustic tented camp, built on raised decks overlooking the Chobe River and Chobe National Park.
On the Kwando River, perfectly situated to visit the Nkasa Rupara (Mamili) & Mudumu Reserves
Just outside the town of Katima Mulilo lies this small river front lodge. The accommodation is rustic with open fronted bungalows overlooking the river.
Explore the Chobe & Zambezi Rivers on an adventurous houseboat holiday. Certainly one of the most enjoyable and relaxing ways of exploring the waterways of this area
Caprivi Mutoya Lodge offers an ideal base to day trip into some of the Zambezi Regions most well-known national parks and a famous world heritage site.
Part of the Zambezi Queen collection these three smaller houseboats operate on the Chobe River " offer a superb opportunity to view birds, mammals and scenery on a 2 or 3 night trip
Previously called Ntwala Lodge, this property is situated on three small islands in an ultra-luxurious Chobe destination, with four suites, each with plunge pool and private guiding
Overlooking the vast Chobe floodplain from its situation on the banks of the Chobe River in the east Caprivi this lodge has a lot to offer visitors
Overlooking the Chobe River and Botswana's Chobe National Park, this boutique hotel offers an excellent opportunity to experience all the wildlife and activities the Chobe Region has to offer
One of the best lodges in this area has accommodation in both traditional land based units as well as on two houseboats.
A four room private camp set inside the Nkasa Rupara National Park. A remote and private location in Namibia's least visited hidden gems of a game park makes this a must visit lodge. The lodge can also be booked for exclusive use on a self catering basis
A tented lodge on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. Offers both self catering facilities and restaurant meals. Excellent for fishing.
This lodge is located at the only place in the world where four countries meet. It is a wonderful Chobe destination with eight luxury chalets.
A more rustic and smaller alternative to the ever popular Lianshulu Lodge
Situated in the Mudumu National Park this is one of the east Zambezi Region's most popular lodges
Situated on an island in the Kwando river around 4km from the trans-Caprivi highway
Located on the banks of the Kwando river in the heart of the Mashi Conservancy, within Bwabwata National Park. This is a sanctuary for more than 35 game species and upwards of 330 bird species. Animals move freely throughout the area which creates a mecca for wildlife viewing
A popular and well appointed lodge near Kongola
A wonderful lodge in an extremely remote location, this is a must for anyone wanting to get of the beaten track and experience Namibia at her best. Offers game viewing in the Nkasa Rupara (formerly Mamili) National Park and boat trips on the Linyanti River.
A small luxurious houseboat, offers awesome game viewing, bird watching & fishing experiences on the Chobe & Zambezi Rivers
in the Bwabwata National Park this is a perfect land and water camp with six luxury suites, each with private plunge pool
A luxurious house boat on the Chobe River which offers 2 or 3 night cruises on the Chobe River. An excellent way to celebrate a special occasion or just to relax in these splendid surroundings
In the far eastern Caprivi this lodge offers lots of water based activities on both the Chobe & Zambezi Rivers
To make the booking process as user friendly as possible we offer 2 ways to make a booking from this website:
- The book or enquire button allows you to add multiple properties to an enquiry & in conjunction with the interactive online Namibia map it can be used to plan and book your entire Namibian trip. Once added to the shopping cart / itinerary planner properties which have online availability can be paid for and booked immediately while those without online functionality will be sent to us for processing.
- Use email us to send an old fashioned email enquiry.